Take Part, Take Action: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Join the celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities by supporting the rights of persons with disabilities and promoting a just and inclusive society. Take part with your family by attending our creative musical play events with ScribbleMonster and checking out these inspiring picture books featuring strong kids with disabilities. A positive, straightforward text with […]

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National Day of Listening for Kids

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Ah, the day after Thanksgiving. It's the perfect time to sprawl out on your couch with a heaping plate of leftovers and catch up with the whole family. That's why StoryCorps and families across America have started celebrating the Friday after Thanksgiving as National Day of Listening. While you have your loved ones together, why not take turns asking questions like: What […]

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Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them!

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Calling all Harry Potter fans! Are you looking for even more magical adventures? The new movie, based on the book Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, explores the wizarding world in America years before Harry Potter was even born. Hold onto your hats, muggles (or, as the Americans call them, No-Majes), this is going to […]

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Adoption Reads for Middle Graders

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Celebrate one of the unique ways that families are created with these great reads for National Adoption Awareness Month. Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire is a spunky African-American girl with a white mother who learns to accept her nontraditional family while working on her fifth-grade Passions Project. Twelve-year-old Jaden's new sibling is Half A World Away in […]

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Carve Out Time for Halloween Tales

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It's my favorite time of year! Scary decorations are everywhere and everyone is picking out a costume to wear on Halloween night. Do you know what costume you are wearing? If not, maybe you can get an idea from one of these Halloween books! Get up from your seat and shake your bones with the […]

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Love the Muppets? Try These Movies

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"It's time to play the music It's time to light the lights It's time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight..." This month the beloved TV series The Muppet Show turns 40. To celebrate, you can watch Season One, Two and Three on DVD. The show appealed to all ages by combining slapstick jokes for kids with sophisticated adult humor. […]

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Bilingual Books for Babies: English/Spanish

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Dual language homes rock! Research shows that babies who have strong early literacy skills in their home language will carry those skills with them when they begin to learn English. Simple and sturdy, these books make good choices for sharing Spanish talk, sing, read, write and play moments with your little ones: Talk: Grow vocabulary with […]

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Pirates in the Movies

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Ahoy, mateys! Talk Like a Pirate Day is here. What better way to brush up on your pirate-speak than to watch some pirates in action? Younger children will enjoy an introduction to Peter Pan and his pirate nemesis, Captain Hook. The war between the Lost Boys and the pirates of Neverland is swashbuckling and suspenseful. Watching Captain […]

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Caught Reading: Back-to-School Edition

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Now that the dust has settled from the first weeks back at school, we thought we’d celebrate our youngest readers. We took a look around at home, in libraries, at school, and out and about. Here’s what we caught kiddos reading between hitting those textbooks. We spotted little ones reading, with a little help from […]

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Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Kitty-In-Boots Is Here

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Once upon a time there was a serious, well-behaved young black cat. So begins the very last story ever written by legendary children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. The never-before-published story The Tale Of Kitty-In-Boots is finally available on the 150th anniversary of Potter's birth, with illustrations by Quentin Blake. You'll have to check out a copy […]

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